Petersen concerned with team's sloppy play

Boise State has won each of its three games in lopsided fashion -- and yet there's some frustration with the coaches and the fan base that the Broncos aren't playing the consistent, clean football they've come to expect. The Broncos led Tulsa 34-0 early in the third quarter Saturday when starting quarterback Kellen Moore left the game. They ended up with a 41-21 win.

Moore's five touchdown drives were keyed by an impressive performance on third and fourth downs. He was 7-of-9 for 133 yards and a touchdown in those situations.

But the Broncos struggled to run the ball for the third straight game (2.9 yards per carry), didn't score on their opening drive with a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line and allowed the Hurricane 201 yards in the second half.

"There's no doubt you want to be good on third down, and certainly if you're going to go for it on fourth down you better make it," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "That was pleasing that we were able to get a few things done.

"But it seemed like everything in between, we were very sloppy. ... There were some very nice plays made in all three phases, but I thought it was a lot of sloppy football."

The Broncos still are 3-0 and ranked No. 4. They have a challenging upcoming stretch, playing Nevada in an emotional revenge game Saturday and at Fresno State on a short week six days later.

"I know we haven't seen it," Petersen said when asked if his team is capable of a complete performance. "I don't know if we have it in us. That's to be determined."


--Senior cornerback Jerrell Gavins made two interceptions on deep balls, giving him three on the year. Opponents keep trying to attack the new starter but have had no success. "I would, too. I'm 5-8, 160 pounds," Gavins said. "Come at me. I'm a little guy, but I can jump high. I always feel like I'm a better athlete than anybody I go against. I just go up and try to make a play."

--The Broncos' special teams dominated field position against Tulsa. Tulsa started 11 of its 13 drives at or inside its own 20-yard line. Its best first-half field position was on a kickoff touchback.

--The Broncos still haven't settled on a kicker. Redshirt freshman Dan Goodale started for the third straight game but had his first PAT blocked. He made the other five PATs, but true freshman Jake Van Ginkel remains an option at that position.

KEEP AN EYE ON: QB Kellen Moore -- Moore's pursuit of the Heisman Trophy and several FBS records has received a boost from his huge statistical start to the season. Moore, whose numbers usually increase as the season progresses, has completed 79.1 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. He's third in the nation with an efficiency rating of 192.55.

LOOKING GOOD: The Broncos' wide receivers, the supposed weakness of this team, have been one of the strengths. They've been sure-handed and clutch -- and there's so many of them that it's difficult for defenses to know where the ball will go. Three wide receivers have at least 11 catches. Junior Mitch Burroughs (16) and freshman Matt Miller (15), neither of whom had been a major part of the offense before, are the leading pass catchers.

STILL NEEDS WORK: The Broncos' run game has struggled without a true run-blocking tight end. Their two best blocking tight ends/fullbacks are injured and haven't played this year. They averaged a school-record 5.4 yards per carry last year and are getting a measly 3.4 yards per carry this year.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's fine. It's just a doctor deal." -- Boise State QB Kellen Moore, on why he was wearing a knee brace


--Senior wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker made two more touchdown catches. He has six TDs this season, a career high.
--Boise State's tight ends have combined for 19 catches for 205 yards and four touchdowns this season. Senior Kyle Efaw leads the way with nine catches and three touchdowns.
--Senior linebacker Aaron Tevis lunged in front of a screen pass and intercepted it against Tulsa. The interception was the seventh of his career.
--Senior punter Brad Elkin has placed 10 of his 14 punts inside the 20-yard line this season.

--Boise State center Thomas Byrd didn't play against Tulsa because of an injury. That snapped his streak of 36 straight starts. Sophomore Matt Paradis replaced him and was injured. Cory Yriarte replaced him. Coach Chris Petersen said Byrd needs some rest.
--Starting defensive tackle Chase Baker, backup defensive end Tyler Horn, starting fullback Dan Paul and backup fullback Chandler Koch didn't play because of injuries. Paul is week-to-week; the others are expected to play next week.
--During the game, the Broncos lost right guard Jake Broyles, Paradis and wide receiver Chris Potter to injury. Defensive tackle Billy Winn and defensive end Tyrone Crawford left the game with leg injuries in the first half but started the second half. None of the injuries are expected to be long-term issues.

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